The city hired Del Mont Consultants and Thomas Chamberlain Architect in 2017 to help set design features based on the needs and expectations of the community and potential uses. While design work was progressing, the city began setting aside resources for the project.
Stryker and Company was hired to build the facility at a final cost of $2.8 million, well below the $3.2M that was budgeted. The City of Montrose funded the bulk of the construction cost through its General Fund, Retail Sales Enhancement Fund, and Tourism Promotion Fund and with contributions from Montrose Rotary Club ($187,633) and Montrose Recreation District ($50,000).
The city will operate the facility with existing staff, providing support for events held at the amphitheater and other venues during the summer months to ensure an exemplary community experience. Reservations for the specific areas of the facility and public amenities surrounding it are being coordinated by the City Clerk’s Office.
The facility was not designed to be a revenue generator for the city via ticket sales, instead, it is meant to be a community asset that enhances the quality of life in Montrose and draws visitors.